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Beyond New Horizons: could LightSail be the answer for affordable space travel?

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The Night Sky in August 2015: A crowd-funded project plans to use the sun’s energy as a method of propulsion – flight by light
A device by which a spaceship could be pushed ever further and faster into the skies by the Sun’s radiation, just as Earthly winds push a sailing ship across the seas, LightSail is one of the most tremendous of technological ideas.
A model by the US Planetary Society shows a solar panel of any desired size that could be attached to a star ship. There it would pick up the Sun’s protons that travel at a million miles per hour, removing the need for exotic engines.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/space/nightsky/11768171/night-sky-chart-august-2015.html